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April 6, 2015

'Schools should be places that allow students and staff to be free from homophobia, biphobia and transphobia'

The biggest union of teachers in the UK has called on the government to introduce mandatory same-sex relationships education in schools. 

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted yesterday (5 April)  to pass a resolution that will call on the government following May's general election to urge schools to 'tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia' in an effort to help 'create a positive climate of understanding' among students. 

March 13, 2015

National AIDS Trust ‘deeply concerned’ by cuts
 

A 50% cut in a HIV prevention project funding could have grave consequences, the UK's National AIDS Trust (NAT) has warned today.

The funding for the programme HIV Prevention England (HPE) has been halved from £2.4 million ($3.5 million €3.4 million) to £1.2 million ($1.8 million €1.7 million),with a further £1.2 million allocated to a mixture of testing services and grants.

 

 

NAT CEO Deborah Gold said today (13 March): ‘We are deeply concerned about the level of upheaval to HIV prevention provision across the country.

March 12, 2015

At Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, the openly gay CEO of Apple responded to comments that there should be more people of color in top management positions

A day after launching the Apple Watch, Tim Cook took to the stage again on Tuesday at the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino, California.

One of the guests as the event was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke about the lack of color diversity in the upper echelons of the company.

‘We urge you to put more people of color in top management ... and look like America,’ he said.

Jackson has praised Apple for attempting to tackle a lack of diversity in the tech industries, but indicated that more needs to be done.

February 27, 2015

UK companies ranked on their diversity and inclusion credentials

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index sets out to find the best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain.

Campaigning charity Stonewall believes that people perform better when they can be themselves – a motto that guides much of the work that it carries out with businesses through its Diversity Champions Program.

Its annual Workplace Equality Index is an extension of this, pushing businesses to measure the efforts they are taking to tackle discrimination.

February 17, 2015

Follows Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell in current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss will next play the title character in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

It was announced today that the Glee star will replace John Cameron Mitchell beginning 29 April for a limited 12-week run at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.

Criss will be the latest in a growing list of high-profile performers to tackle the role of a transgender punk rock singer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation.

February 17, 2015

It's being described as the 'best and most diverse' screening

Student Pride is getting ready to host gay short film screening event Queer As Film in London this month.

The popular film showcase for aspiring LGBTI filmmakers is due to take place at legendary London club Heaven on 28 February.

Film topics include a drag mother dreaming of self mutilation to a Canadian movie star’s bum.

'The line up of short films are some of the best and most diverse we've ever screened,' Robert Gershinson, co-founder of the Queer As Film, said.

February 14, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best male/male romances

It's a time for love (it's 14 February, after all, a day that has no significance whatsoever if you'd prefer to think of it that way) so what better time to sit down and watch your favorite gay film?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite gay kisses, and they did not disappoint.

From groundbreaking first kisses to passionate cowboys, these kisses all have something in common: freeing yourself from repression and letting yourself be who you are.

February 7, 2015

Beautiful stories told without words, we meet the writer who is continuing the tradition of gay art and literature.

Writer and editor Dale Lazarov has been publishing gay literature since the 1980s. In 2005 he made the move into graphic art with Sticky – a collaboration with artist Steve MacIsaac.

Now focusing primarily on this genre, Lazarov researches and develops the story and then collaborates with an artist to draw the scenes.

Simplistically you could describe these works as gay erotica, and there is an undoubtedly sexual edge to Lazarov's work, but these are also unique and compelling stories that explore modern gay life.

February 3, 2015

Compulsory lessons will include profiles on Oscar Wilde and inclusive sex and relationships education

Labour will make teaching LGBTI issues in UK schools compulsory if they win May's General Election.

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has announced plans to ensure homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is tackled if the party forms the next government.

Under the plan, unveiled today (4 Feburary) at Little Ilford School in London, it will ensure all teachers are trained to tackle bullying of LGBTI kids and make age-appropriate sex and relationships compulsory in all schools that receive state funding.

February 2, 2015

York City FC will host a Football v Homophobia match

York City FC is giving out dozens of free tickets to LGBTI fans to fight against homophobia in the soccer.

The northern English city club is giving out 100 tickets for their second Football v Homophobia match on 14 February as part of the Month of Action.

Lou Englefield, director of Pride Sports, said York City FC’s initiative to tackle homophobia and welcome LGBTI people into their club had been fantastic.

He said: ‘They have raised the profile of football within the LGBT community and shown their city that everyone has a place in the game.’

January 28, 2015

The classes were intended to create a more tolerant environment

A Dublin school has cancelled workshops to tackle homophobic bullying in order for 'both sides' of the issue to be represented.

Voluntary organization ShoutOut was booked to run four classes at the school Coláiste Eoin in Stillorgan, Co Dublin before Christmas.

On Tuesday (27 January), the day they were due to teach 80 students, they were told at 10.30am via email the workshop was cancelled.

January 14, 2015

All three armed forces, plus MI5, made it into the 2015 list - but who is number one?

All three of the armed forces are in the top 100 employers for gay, bisexual and lesbian people in 2015, a new report says released today (14 January).

Stonewall, the UK's LGB charity, has published its list showcasing Britain's best pro-gay places to work.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is this year's top gay friendly employer, followed in second place by Tower Hamlets Homes and Lloyds Banking Group in third.

December 4, 2014

A new app that phone users can download and use to report hate crimes is among several plans that have been announced by City Hall following a rise in homophobic hate offenses

As GSN reported last month, there has been a sharp increase in homophobic attacks in London in the past 12 months, with Scotland Yard reporting 1,073 violent homophobic offences between January and October alone (compared to 1,007 for the whole of 2013).

December 3, 2014

After baiting fans for months over whether Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon is gay, the show’s creators have confirmed that he isn’t – though they have said fans should expect a major gay male character to appear on the show in future

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has hosed down months of speculation that popular character Daryl Dixon would be revealed to be gay on the show – even though he helped stoke those rumors himself.

In mid-August Kirkman responded to the rumors by telling ComicBook.com, ‘‘All I can say is that it’s been discussed,’ when asked about the possibility that the character played by actor Norman Reedus would come out on the show in some way.

November 28, 2014

Former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth, wants you to take shower selfies to demonstrate that – HIV positive or negative – we’re all ‘clean’

Despite advances in medication and treatment, there remains a huge amount of stigma around HIV.

Combatting this stigma has proved a consistent challenge, but a new social media campaign launched by HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is attempting to tackle preconceptions head on and raise money for a good cause in the process.

November 25, 2014

Football Association in UK has groundbreaking trans policy

Britain’s Football Association has today thrown open the door for trans soccer players to be themselves on the pitch at every level in the game.

Most sports, including the International Olympic Committee, openly discriminate against or ban transgender athletes saying they are too masculine or feminine to play on either female or male teams.

But now the FA, long criticized for not doing enough to tackle LGBTI bigotry in soccer, has made a major breakthrough.

November 10, 2014

Nearly 9 in 10 teachers say homophobic bullying happens in their schools

Nearly nine in 10 secondary school teachers in Scotland say homophobic bullying happens in their school.

The shocking YouGov survey, commissioned by Stonewall Scotland, also revealed a third of teachers hear homophobic language from other staff.

Many assume they are not allowed to talk about LGBTI issues with students, with only 16% saying they have had specific training to tackle homophobic bullying. 

October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.

October 16, 2014

This homoerotic 2015 calendar, intended as a ‘tribute to social acceptance,’ is already ruffling feathers and raising temperatures

A 2015 calendar featuring nude and semi-nude ‘priests’ is campaigning against homophobia in the Orthodox Church.

As the Catholic Church retracts its historic statements of support for the LGBTI community worldwide, some members of the Orthodox Church want to tackle gay hate in a ‘bold,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘ironic’ way.

October 12, 2014

Today (12 October) marks the 16th anniversary of the death of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard. His parents have spoken out about homophobia, hate, their son's death and the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal gay bashing that shocked the world.

He was abducted and tortured by two men, before being left to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

Discovered 18 hours later, he was taken to hospital but died six days later on 12 October 1998 from the severe head injuries that he had suffered. He was 21.

His attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for the crime.

September 8, 2014

In an exclusive piece for Gay Star News, UK Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan explains why the commitment to equality cannot end at Britain’s shores

It’s a source of great pride to me that the UK has been recognized by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as being a European leader in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the fourth year running.

It’s thanks to the heroic work and unrelenting passion of campaigners and activists that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today can be confident that society is on their side.

August 20, 2014

One in four people in same-sex relationships suffer from domestic violence or abuse in the UK

A charity providing support to LGBT victims of domestic abuse has thanked the UK government for planning to amend the law.

Home Secretary Theresa May is considering introducing a new criminal offence of domestic abuse to include emotional and psychological harm inflicted by a partner within a relationship.

The government is looking to strengthen the law by explicitly stating domestic abuse covers coercive and controlling behavior.

August 4, 2014

New Stonewall chief, Ruth Hunt, has spoken about the organisation’s future plans to tackle homophobia in schools

In one of her first major interviews since becoming the new chief of UK-based LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, Ruth Hunt has said that she believes educating pre-primary school children that families come in all shapes and sizes – including single and same-sex parents – is vital in helping to tackle homophobia.

Speaking to The Independent newspaper, she said that she wants Stonewall to commission books ‘celebrating difference in all its forms for under-fives.’

July 25, 2014

Giving every gay man, bisexual and straight woman a chance to do good AND look at some very hot naked guys

Meet the Warwick Rowers. If you’re unfamiliar, for the past few years this British club has been taking off their clothes to fight homophobia in sport.

Created in 2009, the guys have raised more than £100,000 ($170,000, €125,000) for the charity Sport Allies.

With both gay and straight rowers in the squad, they say they are ‘honored’ to do their part to tackle anti-LGBTI discrimination.